Two of the top players on the field for Michigan in Saturday’s spring game will most likely line up next to one another in the middle of Michigan’s defense next fall. Senior linebackers Joe Bolden and Desmond Morgan were major factors for their respective units from the beginning to the game to the very end.
On numerous occasions Bolden knifed into the backfield to stop plays behind the line of scrimmage. In his most memorable play of the day he met Wyatt Shallman in the backfield for arguably the biggest collision of the game, stopping the ball-carrier cold in his tracks.
Morgan’s number wasn’t called quite as much, but he turned in a big play in his own right. As redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Malzone surveyed the field on a pass play, Morgan dropped into coverage and appeared to vacate a zone in the middle of the field. Malzone reached back fired a rocket right into the seemingly clear area. Morgan, meanwhile, recognized where the young signal-caller was going to go with the ball, peeled back inside, and then fully extended for an acrobatic interception.
It was the type of combined effort the Wolverines hope the veteran duo can consistently turn in next fall when the games count. After the game they each chatted about their standout performances, adapting to new coaches, the growth of the defense, and much much more.